Forrest Kirby: big arms in 2011

Forrest Kirby has been a solid pro for Zoo York for about 9 years. Prior to that, he had a long stint on Rhythm skateboards and he's made a career out stylish, creative and technical skating. Most recently, Kirby dropped a phenomenal video part for the MIA skateshop video, "Welcome to MIA," filmed by Kirby's longtime friend and collaborator Josh Stewart. We caught up with Kirby to talk about that project, his workout routine and what he's got brewing for 2011.

Ian O'Connor

Forrest Kirby found a unique line with this school roof kickflip to fakie.

Hey Forrest, what have you been up to lately?
Just been traveling for the holidays. I was in San Antonio, Texas visiting my family for the holidays and before that I was out in California just kind of skating and hanging out.

Anything else?
Well, we had an MIA video premiere [for "Welcome to MIA"] and then I went out to California to work on some stuff and then back to Miami. I am working on another video project right now.

What's the next video project you're working on?
The video project is called "Incognito" and it's filmed by Mike Atwood who filmed a bunch of the MIA video. There will be select people with parts in it.

Are you going to have a full part in it?
I am trying to, but I used up most of my footage for the MIA video. So I'll be starting from scratch but it feels good to be starting something new after working on something for about a year.

I was reading an interview where you said that this part was similar to filming for "Static." Could you elaborate on that a little bit?
Just working with Josh Stewart first and foremost and then the way that we would go about skating. We would have something in mind but we would just end up skating something random. And Josh would come into town and stay with me so it made it feel similar like that. Also the end result was something that was more geared toward style and street skating instead of just stunts. It was more spontaneous and you end up getting something a little bit more unique.

Ian O'Connor

Forrest Kirby in a a league of his own.

I like that. I also read that you have been going to the gym so you will be in better shape for skating. When you go to the gym what is your poison? Weights? Cardio?
[Laughs] I have just been doing this workout from a Men's Health magazine, or something. It's just this random one called "The Big Arms Workout."

I wonder what you're going to get with that?!
[Laughs] I know ... Actually, it's more of a core workout. And with skating, it's mainly the bottom of your body.

But you do tons of manuals and that's pretty much all your core ...
Yeah, but that's how most skating is. If you don't have a strong core you wont have good pop or whatever the case may be. As far as the workout goes it's a two-day workout. You do this workout one day and then this weight lifting work out the next day. It works out your back and your arms. The first day ends with a bunch of push-ups, which is really hard. It works out your legs, arms, and upper body more.

Right, right. You've got to get those big arms! I mean, you do live in Miami.
[Laughs] Exactly! It's good though. For falling, you need something good to fall on. And I noticed that after I skate I'm not as sore.

And then for your next part, it will have a montage of you falling and going right into perfect push-up position and slamming out five triangle push-ups!
That would be amazing! And then pick up my board and snap it with my bare hands like, "AHHHH!"

Like, "Ahhhh, Big Arms, 2011!" You can start this new trend in skating.
"200 grams of protein!" [Laughs] I'm not really trying to get big; it's just so I feel better.

That's understandable. Now, you being a guy that has always had amazing video parts, are there any parts you would watch while filming for the MIA video to get you stoked or do you find inspiration in other ways?
I'll see tricks that people do that will help to inspire me to do something similar. But I don't usually watch a lot of stuff because now things tend to un-inspire me because they are so robotic and programed. I don't really skate like that. I like to skate how I feel.

Where can somebody get the "Welcome to MIA" video?
Well, I know it went out to a bunch of distributors but it may be a little harder to find on the West Coast. You can all so get it on the MIA skateshop website or on Josh Stewart's website.

What's it like working with Josh Stewart? Is it fun or stressful?
Josh has this whole vision of a final product and obviously will have a goal in what they want to achieve. But the only frustrations that occur are if the skateboarder is having trouble getting footage. Because when you film with Josh you know that it's going to turn out well and that gets you psyched. Josh is excited about what he's doing and there's a vibe that comes along with that. So it helps to make you want to do something better than what you normally want to. And then being friends on top of that helps make it a no-pressure situation.

What are you doing for shoes now?
I have been skating in Nike's for about eight months now. I was kind of over Adio, they had some internal things going on and I was trying to get stuff going on but they had a lot of changes so our talks didn't really go anywhere. So then I was like, well, I don't want to worry about this right now and if it happens it happens. After a while I hit up the guys at Nike and let them know I was skating their stuff, either buying the shoes or trading product for them and I just asked if I could get on a flow program and see where it goes. So that just happened a few weeks ago so I am stoked. Nike is a very reputable brand and I have lots of friends that skate for them. It's sort of a dream company to work for and the product is great. So I am just going to take that and do something with it on my own.

Ian O'Connor

Sticking to the streets, Forrest backside flips a hydrant from curb cut to curb cut.

And you've been on Zoo York for 9 years now. How are things going over there?
I've been with them for a while and seen a lot of changes but ever since they brought [Team Manager] Seamus Deegan over and locked him into place he kind of got everything into order. He took care of the team and got the video together. Then getting the product in place and making sure everything goes smoothly after a time when things were not going the same over there. It was great to make the "State of Mind" video and now we're working on a new promo. And it was cool, they did a limited addition MIA board for that video, too.

In the world of skating there are corporate sponsors galore: energy drink this, meat stick that ... is there a corporate company out there that you would love to ride for?
Oh yeah, I think a corporate clothing company like Ralph Lauren or something like that would be cool. I wear Zoo clothes but I like to wear things that you don't normally find in a skateshop.

I like that answer! Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
Definitely. I'd like to thank all the guys at MIA, Josh Stewart, all the guys at Zoo York, Nike, my family, everyone who has supported my skating over the years, and you for doing this interview.

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